City of Pittsburgh

Civil Rights Clinic

The Civil Rights Clinic is a yearlong clinic that offers income-qualified clients legal assistance with record expungements. Students participate in weekly seminars that address substantive and procedural law issues, then experience hands-on training in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, mediation, negotiation, research and drafting of complaints and documents.

Students also assist individuals with the completion of the complex Pennsylvania Board of Pardons’ clemency application and compete filings with the Board. After the lengthy Board investigation process, students prepare clients who have been selected for public pardon hearings through mock hearings. 

Clinic News 


Law professor talks forgiveness during TedxPittsburgh talk

Professor Tracey McCants Lewis explained the work of the Civil Rights Clinic during a recent Tedx Pittsburgh talk. McCants Lewis detailed how Duquesne Law students represent individuals pursuing expungements and pardons through the clinic and discussed why the clients are often blocked from work and housing without this critical legal assistance.